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The keys to the play-offs for the World Cup: Performance, duels and calendar

Published:15/11/2021 - 08:45h

Updated:15/11/2021 - 08:45h

The play-offs for the Winter World Cup next year is an "all or nothing" in which the best teams will come out 'alive', but the road promises to be hell

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The phase of groups of the Eliminatory of the UEFA for the World-wide 2022 is about to to arrive to his final. The old continent has 13 squares in the appointment mundialista and are ten the selections that obtain his direct note for Catar, but in the repechage will deliver the three remaining ticket and in this opportunity aims to be a nightmare. Spain has avoided this stage after a suffered against Sweden (1-0), but selections like Portugal or Wales already have confirmed his presence in the 'playoff'.

To understand the operation of this 'second opportunity' to classify to the World-wide it is necessary to remember that in the phase of groups of the eliminatory European existed ten groups: five of six paises and five conformed by five selections. Those that have remained in the first position (Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Croatia...) They have achieved his direct pass to Catar 2022, but those that have remained in the second place will have to contest the 'dark' repechage.

In this sense, will be 10+2 the participants: the ten seconds and more two selected from the ranking of the UEFA Nations League 2020-2022. The operation is simple: between these twelve teams, will contest six semifinals and three finals to only party. The hosts of the semifinals will be the countries that have had better exert in the phase of groups. In the finals, will decide by draw. The three victorious, will have his note for Catar 2022.

It is necessary to stand out, for example, that the draw of the 'playoff' will carry to the cape the next 26 November in Zúrich and that Spain and France, finalist and winning of the UEFA Nations League, have freed two of the 'squares of grace' for the selections that have not achieved the classification of direct way. In the draw, on the other hand, there will be a series of criteria, like the rule of the "clash forbidden between selections" with the case of Ukraine and Russia, two countries that will not be able to confront.

Finally, when they know to the winners of the semifinals of the repechage, will make a new draw to determine to the selections that will play like venues in the final. When it already was all decided and the squares awarded in all the confederations, on 31 March will carry out the big draw of the phase of groups for the World-wide.

Participants of the Repechage for Catar 2022

  • Group To: Portugal
  • Group B: Sweden
  • Group C: Italy or Switzerland
  • Group D: Finland or Ukraine
  • Group And: Wales
  • Group F: Scotland
  • Group G: Low Countries, Turkey or Norway
  • Group H: Russia
  • Group I: Poland
  • Group J: Macedonia north

Dates of the Repechage for the World-wide 2022

  • Semifinals: 24 and 25 March 2022
  • Finals: 28 and 29 March 2022
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